Haute Provence - Orpierre

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Rock Climbing in the Haute Provence


The Haute Provence has some of the best concentration of high quality crags that France has to offer, such as Boux, Ceuse, Verdon & Orpierre. With both single and multi-pitch sport climbing, year round climbing and some of the best sport climbing crags in France, the Haute Provence is a fantastic destination for any climber.


With 9 different sectors and over 300 routes, Orpierre is an area that will always offer you something new as it would be impossible to do everything in just one trip. Projects and goals for climbers can be set here and with sunshine for around 300 days of the year, you are almost guaranteed to catch some rays.


The charming medieval village with its winding streets and characteristic houses is one of France’s best known and most popular climbing areas and has attracted large numbers of climbers from all over Europe for the past 20 years. Situated in the foothills of the Southern Alps, the town benefits from a strange mix of Alpine and Mediterranean influences, both climatic and cultural.


Orpierre has a lot to offer with varied climbing from easy slabs to hard overhangs, grades from 4 to 8c , and routes from 10 to 180 metres long. The climbing surrounds the town with no sector more than a 25 minute walk from either of the 3 main parking areas. The bolting has been funded by the village and placed by local guides and is therefore of excellent standard and thankfully never too far apart – there always seems to be a bolt where you want one in Orpierre! It is therefore also a very good location for learning how to lead climb.




The accommodation here comprises of a self-catering holiday home. The gite is situated near the medieval village of Orpierre, and is only a short drive away from many different climbing areas. There is a restaurant and café within walking distance from the gite.


When to Go


The climbing season in Haute Provence runs from April through to October.


Your instructor


Your instructor for this Sport Climbing Holiday in Orpierre is Jude Spancken. Jude is passionate about rock climbing and equally enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge through teaching. Jude did her rock guiding education in France, and holds the French ‘BEES Escalade’ qualification.

Watch Jude climb Lord of the Flies (E6 6A).


Flights and Transfers


Fly into Marseille Airport, France.

We offer one free transfer to your accommodation (which will be the start date of your holiday – normally a Saturday) which departs from Marseille Airport at 2.00pm latest. To take advantage of this service, and in order to minimize waiting times, please aim for midday arrivals.

On departure day (the end date of your holiday - normally a Saturday) we offer one free transfer to Marseille Airport which departs the accommodation around 9.00am. We therefore suggest to aim for early afternoon departures.

If you wish to travel to the accommodation independently, or if you can't buy a flight within these hours, transfers may be arranged, subject to availability, on alternative days/times. Contact us for more information.

The transfer time from Marseille to Orpierre is approximately 2 hours.


Rock Climbing Kit List


For this rock climbing holiday we recommend that you have your own:

Climbing Shoes

Dick's Climbing is a dedicated climbing shop that offers a large range of climbing equipment and shoes at good prices.


Rock Climbing Travel Insurance


We recommend:


Rock Climbing Travel Insurance



These are our upcoming dates in Orpierre!!


If booking online less than 2 weeks before the holiday dates, then please get in touch with a member of the team first to check flight details. Many thanks the Rock and Sun team.

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    Sport Climbing Holiday (Orpierre)

    Haute Provence - Orpierre 12th May - 19th May

    Climb some of the worlds greatest routes, in the best hand picked locations with a selection of the world's most experienced guides.

    Includes 5 days instruction and climbing coaching | 7 nights shared accommodation (Rooms 2:1 max) | Airport transfers (Conditions apply) | Transport to crags

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